I'll begin with an apology. Not only have I been away quite a lot through August I've been fiddling around with my laptop to make it run faster - and wasted a lot of time doing so. It means I've not been around much and I'm in a hurry now.
I've also got a moan. Having removed Photoshop Elements - I can't get it to go back again. I use it lightly. Sometimes a shadow needs to be lightened, a mid-tone contrast accentuated. Always to nudge the picture closer to what I saw when I saw it. And I'm missing it. When the sun is bright, I don't need it. But the sun wasn't bright when I visited my tree. You'll see!
The ground was dry immediately next to the trunk.
But only a couple of feet away the grass was lush with docks.
I saw a spider.
And a seed caught in the bark.
I wondered if a branch had been cut since last I was there but it was too high up for me to properly see.
At least the tree is alive. I chose it because I thought it was about to die. Instead, trees of the same kind opposite are dying but 'mine' survives. Here is one I think is bound for the chop.
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It's never too late to follow a tree - to observe what happens to it through the seasons. I was pretty daft to chose one with needles. But it's a challenge I don't regret.
To find out more about tree following, click here.